Allison takes Late Model Truck Series points lead to California

LMTS 2019 Independence Flyer

Division set for 35-lap feature at Orange Show Speedway

LAS VEGAS – Reigning Late Model Truck Series champion Mark Allison will take his 2019 season points lead to Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif., for a 35-lap feature on Saturday night.

The 2018 points champ heads into this weekend’s race with a five-point lead over Andrew Porter, 117-112, with John Nahoopi six points back in third. Pat Petrie enters Saturday’s event in fifth place, while Bill Black – who won the LMTS season-opener at Havasu 95 Speedway on March 23 – in sixth and Lee Keach holding down seventh place after making his way to the winner’s circle at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on April 20.

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Mark Allison of Las Vegas leads the Late Model Truck Series points standings again this season after taking the series title in 2018.  (Madd Creative Images photo)

 

“We can’t wait to get to San Bernardino for our third race of the season, and it has been an exciting year for the Late Model Truck Series so far,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “Gary Wyatt and I have been blown away by the racing in our series in 2019, and the points battle is shaping up nicely. Orange Show Speedway is a great track, and we are thrilled to bring our series to another top-notch quarter-mile.”

This weekend’s race is the third of seven LMTS events scheduled for 2019, and the season will culminate on Championship Night at The Bullring at LVMS on Nov. 23. The LMTS also will visit The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., and Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., this year.

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The Late Model Truck Series will make its first stop at Orange Show Speedway this Saturday night.  (Photo courtesy of Orange Show Speedway)

 

The region’s truck racing lineage dates back to the Speed Truck Series that originated in 1997 under the American Speed Association (ASA). MechanixWear gloves and Go Fast! energy drinks sponsored the class throughout the years, and the trucks raced at up to 10 different tracks in California, Arizona and Nevada before the ASA disbanded in 2013.

The series trucks feature a full-tube chassis, a 330-horsepower sealed V-8 spec engine and two-speed direct-drive transmission, with a clutch pedal dump valve, coupled to an aluminum quick-change rear end. The trucks sport replica fiberglass bodies of the Chevrolet S-10, Chevrolet Colorado, Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma.

Series partners include the On Wheels Now online radio show – the longest-running motorsports radio show in Las Vegas – Melling Performance Racing, The Bomber Nation, KO Mechanical Services, Gary’s Trailer Repair, Nevada Pic-A-Part, The “Racer’s Rewards” Contingency Connection, Richmond Gear, Campout, ReliableBanner.com and Bearing King AZ.

Remaining 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule

June 29                 Orange Show Speedway                                    San Bernardino, Calif.
Aug. 31                  The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway    Las Vegas
Oct. 12                   The Speedway at Willow Springs                      Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 2                     Havasu 95 Speedway                                         Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Championship Night
Nov. 23                   The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway    Las Vegas

2019 Late Model Truck Series points standings
(Through April 20 races)

  1. Mark Allison 117 points; 2. Andrew Porter 112; 3. John Nahoopi 111; 4. Mike McKearn 94; 5. Pat Petrie 85; 6. Bill Black 67; 7. Lee Keach 65; 8. Matt Daly 59; 9. Aaron McMorran 56; 10. Richard Bogart 50; 11. (tie) Gary Wyatt and Cindy Clark 48; 13. (tie) Kenny Smith and Dow Woerner 46; 15. Sean Davis 45; 16. Mike Riefler 42.